David Van Drew
ROCHELLE — David H. Van Drew, 68, of Rochelle passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at his home in Rochelle.
He was born Dec. 12, 1944 to Harold and Dorothy (Miller) Van Drew in Atlanta, Ga. David married Dianne Belkholm on Sept. 10, 1977, in Princeton.
David started his radio career in high school and followed that by earning his degree at the Midwest School of Broadcasting. While serving in the Army, he hosted a weekly radio show in Saigon, Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. He continued working in the radio industry for the rest of his lifetime. He worked for WKEI in Kewanee, for WZOE in Princeton as the news and sports broadcaster, and has been the co-owner of WRHL for the last 22 years, but retired as the general manager in 2010. In 2011, he was awarded the Broadcast Pioneer Award. David was a lifelong Chicago sports fan. . . after giving up on the Cubs, he had high hopes for the Bears.
David is survived by his wife, Dianne; his brother, John (Noralee) Van Drew; his sister-in-law, Joanne (Greg Jensen) Sheldon; three nieces, Sarah (Mario) Ruiz, Susan (Matt) Hoffman and Melissa (Mike) Verucchi; one nephew, John Van Drew; four great nieces, two great nephews and his dog, Baxter.
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